With the right opportunities and support during their formative years, young people can overcome homelessness and go on to live rich, independent lives. Rising Up is the biggest investment in the City’s history to target youth homelessness by working in concert with existing resources.

About Rising Up

Michael’s Story

I was born with chronic kidney disease. At time of conception, my mom was addicted to drugs, so my grandmother became my legal guardian. She raised me in the Outer Mission/Excelsior District.

I was 22 when my grandmother passed away. I ended up homeless, living in the back of a U-Haul. My kidney function dropped to 15%, the last step before renal failure. It was my doctor who told me about Larkin Street.

Now I’m in the Rising Up program. I live in a 4-bedroom apartment with housemates. Rent is expensive, but I have a place that’s mine. My case manager never stops pushing me. I’m in the GED program. I have a job and a therapist. The approach is working.

I still remember my first day in the program. As soon as I sat down on the bed, I took a deep breath. “I’m inside now,” I thought. At that moment, I realized that my future is what I make of it. It’s not easy, but this program gives you the tools. It’s up to you to create your future.

Rising Up will change the lives of 950 young people.